There is something going around among bloggers right now where one blogger tags another, and that person must state five little-known facts about themself. I’ve been tagged twice in the past two days, so will post about that tomorrow – in the meantime, my being tagged caused me to see who else was tagged, and that caused me to read some new blogs (hey, not such a bad idea to tag people after all, as long as I learn something out of it)
In the 1984, I was selling the FIRST version of Apple’s newest Macintosh computer. It was innovative, cool, and basically had no software to run on it other than three programs – MacWrite, MacPaint, and Microsoft Multiplan (precursor to Excel). No one really wanted a Mac other than artsy designer types because of all of the graphical capabilities and future promise. More software started coming out – and I stuck pretty much to selling them to graphic designers in the beginning.
I cold-called every design firm in Seattle who hadn’t already inqured about this machine. One call was to now world famous designer Tim Girvin (of logo fame – Disney, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and much, much more).
It ended up that Girvin approved the purchase of the Mac for the front office, saying at the time, “I WOULD NEVER USE IT FOR DESIGN.”
Fast forward to the ’90s, when I saw him “starring” in a print ad for Apple Computer – I had to chuckle, knowing how the Macintosh had transformed his ability to design.
Bottom line, is “never say never” – keep an open mind, and as I commented to amazing copywriter Bob Bly, who questions the use of LInkedIn, cell phones, and digital cameras…. the following quotes (thanks to Paul Travis for these):
“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” — Western Union internal memo, 1876.
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president/chairman of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” — Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” — Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” — H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.